Writer Diane Shipley’s top picks

Diane Shipley is a writer/journalist/blogger who contributes to books, websites, newspapers and magazines and spends too much time thinking about pizza. (She’s also offering lot 57, just FYI.) Here’s five of her faves:

4: Six months children’s/YA writer mentoring with Susie Day

My mouth literally dropped open when I read about this fabulous and generous prize that could kickstart a children’s/YA author’s career. “I’ll badger you into writing through the glum times, and I’ll cheer you on when it flows,” Susie says. If I wrote fiction for young ‘uns, I would jump on that.

32: Design, Build and Launch of a Book/Writing Themed Blog or Website by Brendan Gannon

Have you ever priced website design? I have, and it usually starts at “out of my league” and rises to “I’m choking here! ” As I write this, the highest bid is just £170 for a site that would normally cost at a least a grand. You can’t be a writer these days without a web presence, and prettier is always better. If you were going to budget for a site anyway, why not get one that’s a bargain and helps Japan?

26: Four week freelance journalism telephone mentoring sessions + signed books by LINDA JONES

All of the coaching auction items look fabulous but if you want to be a journalist, this one could seriously make your career. And right now it’s still a total bargain considering Linda’s years of experience and the individual feedback, encouragement, and kick-ass no-nonsense advice she will undoubtedly give.

23: Dedication in the front of JILL MANSELL’S next book

I know I’m about the three zillionth person to mention what a great opportunity this is, but I’m blown away by Jill’s generosity in devoting this space in her book, which could be used to thank someone close to her, to a stranger, in order to help Japan. And it seems like she thought no-one would bid on this wonderful prize! Think again…

90: Opening Chapter Critique for YA or Middle Grade novels by CANDY GOURLAY (1 of 3)

Candy Gourlay has been so generous: as well as donating two signed and drawn-upon copies of her highly-acclaimed book, Tall Story, she’s offering three opportunities to have your YA/middle grade fiction critiqued. Tall Story was shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter My Favourite Story Prize and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, so she knows what she’s talking about. See all her lots here.